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GERRARD BRACED FOR £18m MORELOS BID

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STEVEN GERRARD is bracing himself for an £18million take-it-or-leave-it bid for Alfredo Morelos from Lille.

The French outfit have been linked with Rangers’ Colombian striker throughout the summer and have already had two offers reportedly knocked back by the Ibrox side.

With the transfer window due to close on October 5, the Ligue 1 side are planning one final proposal to take the controversial hitman from Glasgow, according to a report in the Scottish Sun.

Club president Gerard Lopez will make the offer within the next 48 hours in an effort to give him time to look elsewhere if they are rejected in their pursuit of last season’s 29-goal man for a third time.

Premier League newcomers West Brom also remain interested in the 24-year-old forward and are continuing to monitor events.

Morelos marked his return to Gerrard’s starting line-up with a trademark close-range goal in the 2-2 draw with Hibs at Easter Road on Sunday.

The Govan gaffer has already stated he wants the attacker to remain at the club as they attempt to derails Celtic’s bid for a historic tenth successive title, but it could be they will find an offer in the region of £18million too much to resist.

Morelos is likely to lead the attack in the Europa League third qualifier against Willem II on Thursday evening where the Dutch club’s captain Jordens Peters has warned Gerrard not to underestimate his side.

The Eredivisie outfit warmed up for the clash with a comfortable 4-0 romp over Heracles and Peters said: “I really like the fact that someone like Steven Gerrard is having to analyse us. I wonder what he thinks of me!

“But I do believe they will take us seriously. They should not underestimate us.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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